Suspect who alerted cops to alleged murder-for-hire plot to undergo psych exam

Aaron Russell Wilkinson (Source: CCDC)
Aaron Russell Wilkinson (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man investigators say was responsible for unraveling a federal murder-for-hire plot targeting a Mt. Pleasant woman has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric exam.

According to federal court documents, Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant signed an order Wednesday stating 39-year-old Aaron Russell Wilkinson will undergo an evaluation to determine if he suffers from a mental disease or defect which would render him mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Wilkinson will be taken to Bureau of Prisons for evaluation and treatment, according to the order.

On Tuesday, Wilkinson pleaded not guilty to to conspiracy to use, and use of interstate commerce facilities, in the commission of murder-for-hire and aiding and abetting.

He has been held in the Charleston County Detention Center since his arrest in early April.  Federal investigators said Wilkinson confessed to Charleston police following a random traffic stop that he was part of a plot to murder Nancy Latham, the estranged wife of Christopher Latham, a Bank of America executive based in the Lowcountry.

Wilkinson has cooperated with investigators since, which has resulted in charges against Wendy Annette Moore, her ex-husband Samuel Arthur Yenawine, and Yenawine's most-recent girlfriend, Rachel Palmer.

Wilkinson is scheduled to appear for arraignment in federal court early Tuesday afternoon.  He, along with the other three suspects, is charged with conspiring to commit murder across state lines.  Wilkinson and Yenawine are also facing weapons charges in connection with the incident.

The Lathams have been undergoing divorce proceedings.  Wilkinson told feds that he was supposed to kill Latham before a family court hearing on Apr. 8.

Nancy Latham has since filed a civil suit against her husband, claiming he masterminded the conspiracy.

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